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WVTA Members:

I spoke with Dr. Clay Marsh and Dr. Stephen Hoffmann with West Virginia University Medicine concerning the COVID vaccine. I asked questions about short-term side effects and long-term side effects. I asked if the vaccine would be needed every year. I asked if pregnancy was a concern with the vaccine. I asked about miscarriages and the vaccine. I asked why the military, hospitals and the West Virginia State Police have not mandated the vaccine.

Dr. Marsh first explained how safe the vaccine is. He explained that over 70,000 people took part in the COVID trials. He explained that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Emergency Use Authorization (EAU) cannot mandate anyone to take the vaccine. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) set guidelines for what age group received the vaccine.

Dr. Marsh explained that when the EAU is removed, the vaccine may be mandated. He explained that hospital employees were given the opportunity to get the vaccine and that most of the medical and surgical providers requested and received the vaccine. Dr. Marsh explained that his entire family received the vaccine. He explained that if the vaccine was not safe, he would not be recommending it.

Dr. Marsh speculated that a yearly booster may be administered, but as of now they are not sure. Dr. Hoffmann explained there was a web site available www.wvumedicine.org/vaccine to address questions about the vaccine. The website provides FAQ and other COVID-19 related information.

Dr. Marsh informed me of a more severe strain of COVID-19 spreading across Europe now. The new strain is affecting children as young as 6 years old. The FDA and the CDC are working on getting children vaccinated in the United States now.

If you have more questions or concerns, please contact me and I will attempt to get them answered.

Greg Baker
WVTA President